December 18, 2014
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Islamic extremist rebels are fighting a polio vaccination campaign in Somalia, charging that the inoculation contains the virus that causes AIDS or could make children sterile, a campaign of words that is frustrating health workers.
Somali health workers who spoke to The Associated Press said that Al-Shabab, the rebels linked to al-Qaida, have discouraged many parents from getting their children immunized against polio, a disease that is an incipient problem in this Horn of Africa nation long plagued by armed conflict and disease.
The World Health Organization says Somalia is experiencing an outbreak of polio.
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